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Day after 11 killed, Madras HC halts expansion of Sterlite copper plant

Day after 11 killed, Madras HC halts expansion of Sterlite copper plant

At least 12 people were killed in "police action" against anti-Sterlite protesters in Tuticorin, and announced a judicial inquiry into the violence. "Will there be justice for #SterliteProtest?"

Last evening, when nine people were reported dead in police firing, Gandhi decried a "a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism". These citizens were murdered for protesting against injustice. Governor, Chief Minister and several leaders reacted to incident.

The Congress president's tone and choice of target aren't entirely surprising: His party contributes eight legislators to Tamil Nadu's Opposition bloc - and though the BJP doesn't govern the state, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami's administration has been accused of being a proxy for the Union government.

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, who met those injured during the protest on Tuesday, also attacked the AIADMK government saying,"We must know who ordered this firing". Merely announcing compensation isn't a solution.

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Police caned the protesters and restored normalcy.

Sterlite Copper represents the copper unit of Vedanta Ltd which operates a four lakh tonne per annum plant at Tuticorin. Ten people died yesterday after police opened fire on protesters who were demanding a permanent closure of the copper smelting plant of Sterlite. About 20 police officers were also injured in the skirmish, which occurred in the southern port city Tuticorin. The violence has brought the decades-old protest back in the spotlight.

Agarwal said Vedanta remained well-positioned to capitalise on India's growing resources demand.

The plant was also briefly shut in March 2013 after a suspected gas leak left hundreds of local residents struggling to breath and suffering from nausea and throat infections, according to AFP.


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